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Curr Opin Pulm Med. 2007 Sep;13(5):439-44.

Six-minute walk test in managing and monitoring sarcoidosis patients.

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University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. bob.baughman@uc.edu

Abstract

PURPOSE OF REVIEW:

To describe the value and limitations of using the 6-min test in assessing patients with sarcoidosis.

RECENT FINDINGS:

Static lung function studies and chest roentgenogram do not correlate well with the symptoms of sarcoidosis patients. In particular, dyspnea is a common complaint of sarcoidosis patients, which may be due to multiple factors including lung function, muscle strength, cardiac disease, and fatigue as a result of the disease. The 6-min walk distance has been the focus of studies in other interstitial lung diseases. Its use and limitations in sarcoidosis are described.

SUMMARY:

The 6-min walk distance can be a useful test in assessing sarcoidosis patients. Reduction of 6-min walk distance, however, can be due to multiple factors.

PMID:
17940491
DOI:
10.1097/MCP.0b013e328273bc2b
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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